The Washington DC Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA) recently published its Annual Epidemiology & Surveillance Report with good news, as noted by the editorial staff of the Washington Post. The report shows substantial progress being made in the D.C. area with respect to the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases as well as the number of people living with HIV.
For instance, the number of new cases of HIV diagnosed each year has gone down steadily since 2012, marking a 46.9% decline over the 5-year period of 2012-2016. The number of people living with HIV has held steady, but viewed as a proportion of total population and given the improved prognosis for individuals with HIV this data is encouraging.
D.C. is notable for the wide range of activities undertaken to address the issue. These include “increased testing and awareness campaigns, condom distributions, increased use of preventive medication … and a needle exchange program”.
Though not called out by name, we at Alosa Health know that academic detailing is included in at least two of the categories mentioned above— awareness campaigns (i.e., EPT) and increased use of preventive medication (i.e., PrEP).